Cape Verde — Malaria Free after 50 Years!

Cape Verde has become the first sub-Saharan African country to eliminate malaria in 50 years, going three consecutive years without a transmission case.

The achievement is attributed to measures such as providing free malaria diagnoses to travelers, active mosquito control, and improved testing and treatment standards. The island nation’s geography also contributes to the sustainability of this success.

Cape Verde’s Health Minister, Dr. Filomena Gonçalves, acknowledges the collaborative efforts of health professionals, collaborators, communities, and international partners. Mauritius was the last African nation to eliminate malaria in 1973.

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